| ROLLING STONEMASON|
by Fred Bower
Annotated and with an Introduction by Ron Noon and Sam Davies
Fred Bower had a full adventurous life and wrote about it in his own vivid and racy idiom. He was born in Boston, Mass. in 1871.
Brought up in Liverpool, he recalls a city of two camps, when it was a common sight to see gory battles on St Patrick's day and July 12th. His travels and his work took him to Donara, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guelph, Ithaca, London, Manchester, New York, Peapack (NJ), Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Titusville, Trenton, West Newton, not to mention time spent tramp steaming all the way to Australia and back.
He combined the stonemason's craft with diverse activities: prospecting for gold, and working for the labour movement. His life in the labour movement is interwoven with tales of Francisco Ferrer, Victor Grayson, Jim Larkin, Tom Mann, Philip Snowden and others. He tells you of that dreadful 'bloody Sunday' of 1911 in Liverpool and of his notorious DON'T SHOOT leaflet, inciting soldiers not to kill strikers. He left a secret message to posterity buried in the foundations of Liverpool Cathedral - a story that resurfaces in Liverpool papers.
'This book is a brilliant read.' North West Labour History
'It's a gem of a book. Bower had an unquenchable optimism for a better tomorrow - a better world to live in. I hope it will inspire a new generation'. Ron Noon, Liverpool Echo
'His writing widens our picture not only of Britain but also the USA, Australia, and South Africa into the 1930s
.I enjoyed reading Fred's book. Amongst other things I think it gives insight into minds of Labour Party and Communist Party activist and leaders of the British and Irish building trade unions in the twentieth century.' CLR News.
Paperback, 200 pages
Published Spring 2015